Our curriculum and learning approach is diverse. Primarily we adopt Forest School Principles, Permaculture education & Sustainability practices with age appropriate lesson plans.
Our morning sessions are conducted outdoors in our garden followed by a compulsory weekly outdoor excursion (for 3 to 6 years old only).
We provide an hour of academic learning for children age 5 and 6 in preparation of formal schooling in the afternoon.
Forest school principles
Forest School is an educational approach originated from Scandinavia in the 1950s, where schools utilise local woodlands to hold outdoor activities all year round to cultivate children’s connection with nature.
Children have regular access to the same natural space and engage in place-based, play-based, child-led and inquiry-based learning approaches.
We recognise children as competent and capable learners.
We support children to identify, assess and manage risk. Opportunities to experience risk is regarded as an essential part of learning and healthy growth.
We treasure the process of learning more than the result.
Forest School education fosters children’s communication skills, problem-solving, confidence, risk-taking, enhances immune system, and develops environmentally sustainable behaviours.
Permaculture is a design system that creates resilient, sustainable relationships between human beings and the natural world by mimicking the natural processes of the ecosystem.
Little Urban Forest embeds permaculture pedagogy into our curriculum. We do so by first introducing living nature to children.
Children will discover the functions and importance of living nature in the environment. We also encourage children to grow their own food to further understand the connection between these living nature. Through this approach, children will develop better observation skills and awareness of their surroundings. Children will also be facilitated to think of why a plant is not growing well and how we can overcome this, which triggers their problem solving skills. Gradually, we move on to a bigger picture of how we can conserve the environment by making conscious decisions of our actions, for instance, picking up trash instead of littering.
We also incorporate social permaculture which emphasises on self-identity formation, our connection with our families, and living harmoniously with our community.
Little Urban Forest practices many aspects of green living to become better role models to our children, parents and the community. We inspire to develop values, attitudes, skills and confidence needed to establish practices and make conscious decisions which are conforming with a sustainable world.
A pathway beyond sustainability, an education approach in partnership with Mother Nature. We believe in these values:
Care for the earth
Care for all living beings
To establish a connection with nature that is essential to our well-being as individuals and as a society
Engage and inspire others to love and protect nature